Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD Historie
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"Well Dear, there goes your baby."

While all other yacht owners lost their ships in the war or sold them to the Navy, the SEA CLOUD was the only private luxury ship of its size still underway at the end of the war. On 4 July 1946 Joe and Marjorie along with seven friends set course for the Florida coast. The yacht had to make do without its masts, but it was painted brilliant white and the golden eagle once again adorned the bow.

In the summer of 1947 the rigging was re-assembled. In 1949 the SEA CLOUD received a new set of sails, which, even for millionaires, was difficult to get at the end of the war. The reconstruction of the SEA CLOUD took almost four years in total. From the top floor of a Palm Beach hotel, Joe and Marjorie waited anxiously for the return of their rebuilt ship. As it finally appeared in its entirety on the horizon, Joe said to Marjorie, "Well, Dear - there goes your Baby."

Rafael Leonidas Trujillo

And Marjorie got right back to the task of maneuvering her "baby", and therefore herself, back into society's circles. The biggest and most beautiful yacht in America appeared mostly on the east coast of the USA. Joe Davies, who suffered from seasickness, was glad to no longer have to explore unknown waters. Now he could concentrate on his friendships, such as with the dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. The dictator had been on board more often than any other visitor and had already cast a very wishful eye on the yacht.

In the meantime, Marjorie came to the conclusion that she could no longer keep up the luxury yacht - the cost of the 72-person crew had grown immensely. The third marriage of the now 78 year-old was also in crisis. And so in the early 1950s, she decided to sell her ship.